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Easy Halloween Mantel Ideas

Since the living room is the social center of your house, the mantel should celebrate the Halloween season. Create cute and spooky crafts for your Halloween mantel using these easy ideas.

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    • Painted Halloween Window Mantel Display

      A $4 antique window gets a holiday makeover thanks to a creepy vinyl birdcage cutout and transfer paper (hunt for both in your local crafts store). Finish the Halloween mantelscape with a paper Halloween banner and an assortment of white pumpkins.
      Designer: Jill Fritz, createcraftlove.com

    • Upcycled Halloween Mantel

      What once was old is new again in this fresh look that costs little. Window frames benefit from spider webs and old keys; Frankenstein is actually an old water bottle topped with a painted box; and the tiny spiders are wine corks painted black and jabbed with pipe cleaner legs.
      Designer: Judy Rom, upcyclethat.com

    • Black and White Mantel

      Hang a black poster with a silly saying (free download, below), above your Halloween mantel. Pair it with dried flowers and a well-dressed skeleton head for a spooky black-and-white scene.

      Get the free poster artwork
    • Silhouette Mantel

      Dress your mantel in retro Halloween finery, including playful silhouettes in matching frames (just print graphic silhouettes from your computer). The print-and-trim flowers on the right of the mantel are available in our free download, below.

      Get the free flower download
    • No-Carve Pumpkins for Your Mantel

      These cute-as-can-be pumpkins would look great atop your Halloween mantel. Bonus: No carving means no rotting for weeks!

    • Halloween Lantern Mantel Topper

      Glamorize your Halloween mantel with this sparkling take on a glowing lantern. A bow dotted with batty silhouettes plus a troop of plastic spiders give the holiday accessory lots of eerie-elegant personality!
      Designer: Crystal Owens, craftsunleashed.com

    • Creepy Crystal Balls

      Believe it or not, clear Christmas ornaments are the key ingredient to this Halloween DIY project! Find some clever Halloween images and size them to fit your ornaments. Print them onto ink-jet transparency film and cut out, adding a small tail at the bottom (this will be used to secure the image inside the bulb). Gently roll up the images and stick them inside the bulbs. Add a tiny bead of hot glue on the tail to attach them to the opening of the bulb and keep them in place. Finally, hot-glue the bulbs to the top of taper candleholders.
      Designer: Beverly McCullough, flamingotoes.com

    • Potion-Filled Halloween Mantel

      Make a mad scientist jealous with a potion-centric mantel display. Buy labled bottles and glassware (or make your own labels with phrases like "eye of newt") and collect them at the edge of your haunted mantel.
      Designer: Holly Charlesworth, sisterssuitcaseblog.com

    • Barn Star Halloween Mantel

      Oversize pieces, such as a picket fence adorned with a barn star, make a bold statement and help keep your mantel simple. Add mini pumpkins and bundles of wheat in vases to finish off the ultimate fall look. Come Halloween, carve some of the mini pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns.

      Designer: Bekki Burt, littleredhen4.blogspot.com

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      Witch Mantel Idea

      Bewitch your mantel by filling a vase with dark-color candy (black jelly beans do the trick) and taping a witch face onto it. To create the hat, fold black cardstock into a cone and attach with tape. Then, hot-glue it to a circle base. Embellish with a buckle and surround your cackling friend with mini pumpkins.

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      Hedge Apples for Your Mantel

      Place a few hedge apples (the lumpier the better!) on a cake stand and let faux, creep-crawly spiders go wild. A crow and an apothecary jar filled with miniature skulls are perfect finishing touches.

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      Candy Corn Candle Holders

      Just try to keep your fingers off this yummy mantel display. Fill a fall-theme votive holder with candy corn instead of candles and surround with Spanish moss.

      Designer: Alysha Cauffman, howdoesshe.com

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      Decal Message for Halloween Mantel

      Send a spooky message by picking up a decal from your local crafts store. To apply, start in the middle and work your way out to the edges, using a credit card to smooth. When applied to a smoothly painted surface, the decal is easy to peel off later. Finish the look by placing a few of your favorite Halloween collectibles on top of the mantel.

      Designer: Leanne Jacobs, organizeyourstuffnow.com

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      Damask Candles Mantel Decoration

      Spooky and stylish, this mantel is sure to receive some b-oohs and aahs. Use a matte black spray to deaden an ironstone pitcher and embellish pillar candles with pretty damask stickers.

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      Boo Index Card Display

      Print a ghoulish message on the back of index cards and place inside footed apothecary jars. Metal flower frogs do the trick to hold the cards up straight.

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      Wrapped Books for Your Mantel

      Transform old books into spooky tales by covering them in heavy-duty brochure paper. Attach your own text and embellishments to the spine. Adding droopy eyes on the mirror is a simple way to add extra fright.

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      Hearty Halloween Hearth

      Decorating your mantel for Halloween doesn't have to be creepy or complex. Use oversize pumpkins around the hearth (the warty kinds are the best). Balance their weight with a variety of hanging wreaths and simple mantel adornments.

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      Bat Sconce

      Give flight to a basic wall bracket by making a faux bat sconce. Wrapped books and a shiny black candlestick offer worthy mantel companions.

      Learn more about the sconce
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      Crow's Nest Mantel Decoration

      Use elements that aren't typical Halloween decorations for a nontraditional and eclectic mantel. Place an old seashell on top of antique books for a hint of vintage style. A blackbird under a glass cloche and cobwebs are easy touches to finish off the display.

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      Pumpkin and Gourd Arrangement

      Bring a platter new life with a stack of bumpy pumpkins and gourds. Berries and a flickering candle fill out the space.

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      Mantel Candles with Spooky Letters

      Turn ordinary candles into bewitching illuminations. Print our spooky letters onto vintage-looking paper, wrap around glass pillar candles, and secure with tape. Add small candles, pumpkins, and berries as festive mantel filler.

      Get the free letters
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      Flower Mantel Arrangement

      Your Halloween mantel doesn't have to evoke fear or fright. A pretty fall flower arrangement looks great coupled with miniature white and orange pumpkins on a cake stand.

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      Rustic Halloween Mantel Display

      This spooky display overflows with dimension and texture. Old doors or gates are easy to find at garage sales, barn sales, or vintage shops. Pick up one that goes with the decor of your home and use it for the backdrop on your mantel. To create the feather wreath, simply attach a black boa (available at your local crafts or costume store) to a foam wreath. Barren trees, skulls, and a personal message finish the scene in style.

      Designer: Laura Putnam, findinghomeonline.com

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      Halloween Door Decorations: Great Wreaths and Entry Accents

      Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests this Halloween with front-door accents that cast just the right spell. Our ideas for wreaths, door decorations, and entryway accents are sure to give your porch spook-tastic flair for Halloween.
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